Stars: Carey Mulligan / Helena Bonham Carter / Meryl Streep /
Release Date: 2015-10-16
Production Companies: Ruby Films, Pathé, Film4,
Director: Sarah Gavron, Helene Oosthuizen,
Based on true events about the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement who were forced underground to evade the State.
"Suffragette" is a meaningful history lesson, but as a movie, it plays like a slog through history class.
The weight of the entrenched injustices these characters stagger under is enough to keep you on the verge of tears throughout.
An intriguing premise dampened by thin characters and a formulaic story.
Mulligan, in particular, delivers, bringing believability to a role that's quite a stretch, given the transformation her character has to go through from workaday mum to first-wave feminist superhero.
Morgan's writing is occasionally pedestrian, but the sweep of the story, the performances and Gavron's vision make up for it.